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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (Australian…
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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (Australian Classics) (original 1972; edição 1979)

por Thomas Keneally

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The extraordinary Booker Prize shortlisted story of a black man's revenge against an unjust and intolerant society. Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney Australia in 1935. He studied to be a Catholic priest but abandoned his vocation to take up teaching and writing. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including "Schindlers Ark" which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into a successful film.… (mais)
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Título:Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (Australian Classics)
Autores:Thomas Keneally
Informação:HarperCollins (1979), Edition: New e., Hardcover, 178 pages
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Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Australian Classics, 2021

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith por Thomas Keneally (1972)

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A young aboriginal man is determined to make his own way in pioneering. Australia. He has the advantage of being able to read and marries a white woman, he works hard for wealthy settlers but is repeatedly derided and cheated until one day he commits a terrible crime. Excellent writing and emotive story. ( )
  TheWasp | Mar 4, 2021 |
The Booker shortlisted Australian classic of a young indigenous man responding to the injustice and humiliations heaped upon him by white Christians in late 1800s New South Wales. It stands today as a mirror to intolerant society.
  DevilStateDan | Jan 28, 2020 |
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the 7th novel by Thomas Keneally. Set around the time of Federation, it tells the story of half-caste Jimmie Blacksmith, initiated into tribal manhood by his aboriginal elders, he was, at the same time, taught by a Methodist minister. Under the minister’s influence, his criteria denoting the value of human existence were home, hearth, wife and land. And a white wife, say a farm girl, would mean his offspring would be quarter-caste, theirs but an eighth. Jimmie works hard to achieve his goals, but fails through no fault of his own, and the situation becomes explosive and violent. Keneally tells a great yarn, and manages to deftly convey the forces that battle inside Jimmie, as well as the attitude of whites to blacks and of blacks to whites at that time in Australian history. The story is told mainly from Jimmie’s perspective, but also from the view of the Methodist minister, the hangman, Jimmie’s maternal uncle Tabidgi and the fiancé of one of Jimmie’s victims. The debate about Federation rumbles in the background. Excellent prose, vivid descriptions, characters of depth and authentic dialogue. It is no wonder this tragic tale has become an Australian classic. ( )
  CloggieDownunder | Mar 16, 2012 |
Kenneally delivers to the reader a carefully crafted and authentic story which evokes the nature and conditions of living in the Australian Bush before the arrival of the motor car. T
he alienated spirit of Jimmy Blacksmith cannot rest. The author gives his characters a humanity that displays empathy and understanding without sugar-coating.
Why otherwise good people do bad things and how that effects those involved is insightfully portrayed.
James Pope ( )
  Seamusoz | Oct 9, 2009 |
I remember some English classes at high school reading this book. Having now listened to it as an audio book I'm surprised as it was alot more violent and confronting than I thought it would be. Makes you think. Worth a read. ( )
  yosbooks | Mar 17, 2009 |
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Published here in 1972, Thomas Keneally's novel is no longer in print; the library copy that I read hadn't been checked out since January 1973- How did this book slip into neglect? Was it because the literary-publicity machine was in its modernist phase, when the most highly honored novels were intricate literary puzzles? Or did the thought "arid," so closely associated with Patrick White, smudge the wrong Australian? I began the novel around one in the morning, intending to read only a few chapters before going to bed. Although it's a short book (just a hundred and seventy-eight pages), I stayed up until five, reading it slowly, because I didn't want to diminish the pleasure by going too fast.

The book is like Nat Turner's story as a great lusty ironist—an Irish Nabokov, perhaps might have written it. I didn't want to lose the full shape of the story by interrupting it until the next day; anyway, I had to read it in one sitting, because the rhythms propel you forward. They're oral rhythms—not just in the dialogue but in the prose cadences. The book itself is the chant, and it's inexorable.
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In June of 1900 Jimmie Blacksmith's maternal uncle Tabidgi - Jackie Smolders to the white world - was disturbed to get news that Jimmie had married a white girl in the Methodist church at Wallah.
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At night the shearers used to question him about the disgrace that had made him a shearers’ cook in Cowra. Some thought he might have been a grammar-school master who had been accused of corrupting boys. Others imagined ruined servant-girls and other caddish situations from British melodrama. They all half-suspected that he was simply a native-born draper’s assistant who put his hand into the takings; but that did not satisfy their hunger for a man of mystery, a gentleman of diverse and sporty malevolence, now brought low.
What he had done, without understanding it, was to elect her to the stature of ideal landowner’s-wife. It was not simply a matter of her being full and ripe: he could not have been so potently stirred by aspects so directly sexual. But combine these with her impassive air, her peculiar way of sitting still in the dray and breathing out into the morning a vapour of worship and submission for her husband—and you had something that appealed to all Jimmie’s lusts.
The blue coat was a giant’s, the cap loose, the trousers knifed him in the crutch. He had taken a florid foreign oath to Victoria and was now on the books as a tracker, a comic abo in some other black’s clothes.
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The extraordinary Booker Prize shortlisted story of a black man's revenge against an unjust and intolerant society. Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney Australia in 1935. He studied to be a Catholic priest but abandoned his vocation to take up teaching and writing. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including "Schindlers Ark" which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into a successful film.

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